Getting big returns from financial portfolios, whether through stocks, bonds, ETFs, other securities, or a combination of all, is an investor's dream. But for income investors, generating consistent cash flow from each of your liquid investments is your primary focus.
Cash flow can come from bond interest, interest from other types of investments, and of course, dividends. A dividend is that coveted distribution of a company's earnings paid out to shareholders, and investors often view it by its dividend yield, a metric that measures the dividend as a percent of the current stock price. Many academic studies show that dividends make up large portions of long-term returns, and in many cases, dividend contributions surpass one-third of total returns.
Equinix in Focus
Based in Redwood City, Equinix (EQIX) is in the Finance sector, and so far this year, shares have seen a price change of 3.08%. Currently paying a dividend of $3.41 per share, the company has a dividend yield of 2.02%. In comparison, the REIT and Equity Trust - Retail industry's yield is 4.86%, while the S&P 500's yield is 1.81%.
In terms of dividend growth, the company's current annualized dividend of $13.64 is up 10% from last year. Over the last 5 years, Equinix has increased its dividend 5 times on a year-over-year basis for an average annual increase of 8.17%. Looking ahead, future dividend growth will be dependent on earnings growth and payout ratio, which is the proportion of a company's annual earnings per share that it pays out as a dividend. Equinix's current payout ratio is 44%, meaning it paid out 44% of its trailing 12-month EPS as dividend.
EQIX is expecting earnings to expand this fiscal year as well. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2023 is $31.44 per share, with earnings expected to increase 6.40% from the year ago period.
From greatly improving stock investing profits and reducing overall portfolio risk to providing tax advantages, investors like dividends for a variety of different reasons. It's important to keep in mind that not all companies provide a quarterly payout.
Big, established firms that have more secure profits are often seen as the best dividend options, but it's fairly uncommon to see high-growth businesses or tech start-ups offer their stockholders a dividend. Income investors must be conscious of the fact that high-yielding stocks tend to struggle during periods of rising interest rates. With that in mind, EQIX is a compelling investment opportunity. Not only is it a strong dividend play, but the stock currently sits at a Zacks Rank of 3 (Hold).
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